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I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Vintage Find and Summer Makeup

I found this really awesome vintage makeup case at a yard sale along with a matching 3 piece luggage set maybe a month ago and I just LOVE it! It is so perfect and holds all my day to day makeup!

Here are my picks for summer makeup. Because of the heat I am not putting on foundation just hint powder and I am loving IMAN's powder! A little shadow, liner, mascara and lip gloss and I'm out the door!!!

Summer Makeup

SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Blotting Papers Natural, $8
Eyeshadow Multi, £2.99
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer, $21
Buy Milani Baked Bronzer Golden 06 online at, $8.99
MAC - Lip Glass Lip Gloss - No. 09 Oh Baby; Premium price due to..., $22

What are some of your summer makeup must haves?


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Walking on Sunshine

Oh how I loved these shoes when I first saw them this past Spring at ALDO! African inspired prints have been just catching my eye lately. I knew they were fabulous but me and heels aren't always the best of friends! I thought to myself..."man I wish they made them in flats" forward three weeks ago...

I happened to be in the mall and saw a RED BIG Clearance sign.
I said what the heck let me check to see what they have....

HELLO!!!! and on sale for $15.00 I was thrilled!!! Same print but flat!!




Bantu Knot Out: Natural Hair

I received my gift from the Natural Chica giveaway sponsored by Oyin Handmade!!!

I washed with the Honey Wash, conditioned and detangled with the HoneyHemp, towel dried and rubbed in some HoneyDew ( from a previous purchase), sprayed a mist of yummy Juices and Berries and did my Bantu Knots with Shine and Define!

The next morning and untwisted with the Burnt Sugar Pomade and viola!

I love the soft curly afro it left me with!

I will definitely be trying it again!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Summertime Harvest:Tour My Garden

My garden is starting to grow and I'm so thrilled!
I can remember when I was little girl, my dad digging out a patch of land on the side of our house and growing a "victory garden." I guess he passed down the passion and now I have dug out a little patch of land behind our condo (I hope the HOA) doesn't get upset...hehe

Here is a brief tour of my garden.

Boy when I get my house, I want to make sure there is a ton of extra land, so that I can set up a true garden. There is such joy in growing seeds and watching them mature and produce delicious fruit to harvest!

If you are not into growing or unable to grow your own garden here is a list of what's in season by month (I have printed this off and placed it in my purse).Take a visit to your local farmer's market and pick up some fresh local fruit and veggies.


Summer is a perfect time to enjoy earth's bounty!

With the produce from my garden I plan on canning salsa and tomato sauce to enjoy during the colder months.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

What I'm Loving NOW!!!

ALL the yummy magazines! It's like eye candy overload. Between magazines and blogs I keep myself pretty entertained in my spare time (note: I barely have spare!

I have been on the hunt for a natural deodorant that did the job! especially with these very hot and very sticky days and I want to make sure I'm smelling right. But of course I visited my local LUSH store and they hooked me up with this. Wet and apply the Aromaco first and then dust on the Coconut!!! Oh my goodness it smells so good and it keeps me so dry!

I found these yummies at my local TJ maxx and they are coming in handy since I am currenly watching what I am eating and avoiding my favorite thing....DESSERTS!!! I just pop one of these in my mouth and they curb that craving with barely any sugar, calories, etc. They are made exclusively in the UK but somehow they found me.....

A new product from Trader Joe's (my favorite food store)! This is so different and so exciting. I can just see this ontop of my hot chocolate in the winter! Maybe even on top of some brownies. Delicious!


My bathing beaus!!! They are just so cute and have come a long way this summer. Today is their last lesson in level one and BIG test! I know they will pass!


Rock Da Fro

Queen City Naturals is hosting a happy hour today at J. Alexander's celebrating their 600 fan mark on facebook. I think I am going to go...but probably without a fro'!
If I did rock my fro today here is how I wish it would look!!

Her hair fab and I love her style!

(via and via)

We will see, maybe I will pick it out right after work!!!


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

working out is my new bestie!!!

I found this really great blog with wonderful workout plans, recipes and advice (motivation) for those who may not have a gym membership (cancelled mine because I wasn't going) and are just getting started or those who want to switch it up a bit...

I even love the design.

I must shed this weight! I have printed off all the plans and can't wait to get started. Each day you do different workouts and buildup little by little.

There are tons of great ideas and fun printables!


HAPPY Tuesday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

My 2nd Wash and Go= SUCCESS





Right after applying

Day 3 at work!!!

I love it and think it turned out great! Let me know if you have any questions on how I applied everything. I will be rocking these throughout the summer months!


make today beautiful...


You have the power to control how you feel and how you react to certain situations! Make today beautiful by just being positive, crack a smile when you don't feel like it and just love on someone you wouldn't have normally!

Change your perspective change your life!